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Killer sought in Mission District bar slaying

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Victim of violence: Homicide victim Lorenzo Jimenez, 24, was described by friends as a “gentle giant” - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Victim of violence: Homicide victim Lorenzo Jimenez, 24, was described by friends as a “gentle giant”

Police are hunting for the cold-blooded killer who fatally shot a Sacramento man in the head during what cops called an unprovoked attack outside a Mission district bar Friday night.

Lorenzo Jimenez, 24, was chased out of the Double Dutch at 16th and Guerrero streets by a group of five to 10 people, viciously beaten and shot once about 11:30 p.m., police said. While inside the bar, Jimenez had gotten into a confrontation with the group before leaving the bar with at least one friend, police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said.

“When they were outside on 16th Street, the group attacked the victim and one of those assailants shot him,” Andraychak said.

Police found Jimenez lying in the roadway. He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was taken off life support Saturday, police said.

The suspects fled after the attack and no arrests had been reported as of Tuesday, Andraychak said.

Police have not said how the fight started, but believe Jimenez did not know anyone in the group. Authorities hope witnesses will come forward.

“Since this crime took place in a vibrant neighborhood on a Friday evening, police believe there were many people in the area who may have witnessed the incident or may have seen the suspects,” police said.

Investigators are looking into whether the attack was gang-related. They have canvassed the area for surveillance cameras, Andraychak said.

Jimenez, who grew up in the Del Paso Heights neighborhood of Sacramento, was described by friends as a “gentle giant” with “so much potential.”

“He treated his friends like family, and he can put a smile on anyone’s face,” said friend Cristoval Gonzalez. “He didn’t deserve to die at 24.”

Jimenez had been working in San Francisco and was invited to the bar by a friend, Gonzalez said.

“He was well-known and well-respected in his hometown,” he said.

The killing was the third in the Mission district this year.

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